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Assembly Members Question State’s Failure to Secure Significant Disaster Relief Funds

  Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey said this week they will ask Assembly leaders to hold hearings on why New Jersey finished dead last out of 13 states that were awarded National Disaster Resilience Competition grants from the federal government. Out of the $1 billion in aid available through the competition, at least $181 million was set aside for projects in New Jersey and New York, but New Jersey received $15 million while New York City received $176 million and New York state received an additional $35.8 million. Eleven other states were awarded grant money, including landlocked states…

Ocean Senior Makes College Plans

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School senior standout Tyler Thompson has verbally committed to the University of Massachusetts to continue his football career, Ocean coach Don Klein announced. “He will take his official visit there the weekend of Jan. 29 and sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 3 at Ocean,” Klein said. In almost four full varsity seasons (he missed part of his junior year because of a broken leg), Thompson scored 57 touchdowns–53 rushing, three receiving and one punt return). He piled up 5,419 yards of total offense on 851 touches, averaging 6.4 yards per…

Special Election in Neptune City

  By ELLEN CARROLL Neptune City voters will be asked to go to the polls one more time, March 22, for a special election for a Borough Council seat. The election follows a decision to count the provisional ballot cast by Michaela O’Brien, a first time voter who said she voted across the board for Republicans. Voters will be asked to vote for Richard Pryor, a Republican who lost the election by one vote, and Michael Skudera, a Democrat who was sworn in to a seat Jan. 1. Pryor has been a counciilman since 2000.Skudera is a newcomer to elected…

New Ocean Logo Incorporates Elements of Old One

  By DON STINE After more than 40 years, Ocean Township is proudly displaying its newly-redesigned logo. “We love it and will soon be putting it up behind the council dais and on the podium. And, it is becoming a family legacy,” Councilwoman Donna Schepiga said. The new township logo was designed by Robert Hazelrigg Jr., whose father, Robert Sr., designed the first logo in 1974. His new logo is divided into three segments, each containing either a cornucopia, oak leaves, or Indian feathers. Hazelrigg Jr., 52, is a graphic artist and his father is an architect who still maintains…

King’s Legacy Reinforced During Celebration

  By DON STINE Asbury Park School Superintendent Lamont Repollet brought a little faith of his own to Congregation Torat El last week and issued “a call to action” during the temple’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held on Jan. 13. Repollet, who was the keynote speaker, said there has been poor parental involvement in Asbury Park. “The community matters. People need to stand up and say `enough is enough’ and take back their families, their communities, and their education,” he said. “Let us be united to save our students.” Repollet said he is calling on people of all…

Tinton Falls to Receive Parcel of Land

  By PETE WALTON Tinton Falls is getting larger. A small section of the former Fort Monmouth property is being transferred to the borough by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The Borough Council this week introduced an ordinance accepting a portion of Pine Brook Road and the adjacent right-of-way. The total amount of land involved is approximately 0.68 acres. Currently, Tinton Falls has a land area of 15.49 acres, the 11th largest of the 53 municipalities in Monmouth County. Also introduced this week was an ordinance establishing a policy regarding tax breaks for totally disabled veterans. State law allows…

USE OF DEADLY FORCE BY POLICE OFFICER WAS JUSTIFIED

  Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni released a statement saying the use of deadly force by an Asbury Park police officer regarding a non-fatal shooting in Asbury Park in November was justified. The entire matter has been reviewed by the acting prosecutor and his staff at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. On Nov. 4, 2015, at approximately 7:15 p.m., 20-year old Asbury Park resident Dante Allen was shot after first firing his weapon at a uniformed Asbury Park police officer (Officer #1) near the intersection of Atkins and Springwood Avenues. Allen suffered non-life threatening injuries to his left…

Longtime Neptune Committeeman to Retire

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop announced this week he will be leaving the governing body to take a full-time job in county government. At the Jan, 11meeting Bishop said he will be taking a job, probably next month, as the Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County. “I believe the details will be completed in February, which is when I would step down,” he said. Bishop has been on the committee for 12 years incuding serving as mayor twice. Mayor Kevin McMillan said that Bishop will definitely be missed. “We will miss Randy and…

Shark River Dredging Halted Until July 1

  A dredging project that would open up navigational channels in the Shark River has been stopped by a federal agency and will have to begin again this July. The project calls for removing about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. “While were unable get as much accomplished as we hoped we have, in fact, started the project and that should give all of us confidence that we will get the channels dredged,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said earlier this week. Bishop, a longtime advocate for dredging the river, said there were some issues that…

Bradley Beach Chamber Updates Positive Changes in Town

  By ED SALVAS Members of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce are receiving a letter from the organization’s newly elected President outlining the changes that have taken place to make the community a better place to live and do business. John Esposito, owner of the Beach Cinema, assumed the Chamber Presidency for 2016 and said he decided to send the letter to the Chamber’s members because he believed that many of the newer members are unaware of how things were just a few years ago. “Things weren’t always this good in Bradley Beach,” Esposito said, and he credits the…